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Province reporting 1,300 confirmed new cases of COVID-19 today

.According to Public Health Ontario, there were 19 more deaths related to the coronavirus during the past 24 hours

Public Health Ontario has reported 1,300 new cases of COVID-19 today - over 200 more than the previous day. The majority are in the Greater Toronto Area: 433 in Toronto, 253 in Peel and 116 in York Region.

Today's report also includes 19 new deaths.

The Feb. 12 update provided by the province's public health agency also reported the following data:

  • 1,434 new recoveries
  • 786 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario, up from 763 reported yesterday. 
  • There are 287 COVID patients in intensive care units (down from 295) and 203 COVID patients on ventilators (down from 204 yesterday).
  • The province reported 58,760 tests were processed yesterday, resulting in a 2.2 per cent positivity rate.
  • Another 32,143 tests are still under investigation and/or being processed. To date, more than 10.2 million tests have been completed.

Variant of concern

  • The province has reported 297 lab-confirmed cases of the UK variant strain of COVID-19 (B.1.1.7). 
  • The province has reported three cases of B.1.351 (also known as the South African variant).
  • The province is also reporting one case of P.1 (also known as the Brazilian variant)
  • According to Public Health Ontario, there are delays between specimen collection and the testing required to confirm a variant of concern. As such, the reports can change and can differ from past case counts publicly reported.

Vaccine update for Feb. 12:

  • As of 8 p.m. on Feb. 12, the province reported 456,947 doses of vaccine against COVID-19 have been administered.
  • In total, 151,282 people have been fully vaccinated, having received two doses of vaccine, which are to be given a few weeks apart.

Public Health Ontario has confirmed 284,887 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, and reported 265,893 recoveries and 6,651 deaths, of which 3,780 were individuals living in long-term care homes.

On Friday, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit reported 32 new cases of COVID-19 in the region

Since the start of the pandemic, the local health unit has confirmed 5,872 cases of COVID-19 with 5,043 of those cases recovered and 173 cases ending in death. There are 617 active, lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region, with the majority of those in Simcoe County. 

According to the health unit, 150 local cases have tested positive for the B.1.1.7 variant that originated in the UK and an additional 86 cases have screened positive (awaiting confirmatory testing).

For the latest breakdown of cases in the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, click here.